Ohhh my.. the strange things that go on in my studio!!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Ohhh my.. the strange things that go on in my studio!!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I am working on a ball jointed piece for a class for Niada next year which I hope to show soon..but in the meantime, I thought I'd post some of my religious and wax pieces that give me inspiration!
Of course the "Fairy Godmum" with the wonderful Bette head below!
My Religious Alcove in the front room..., A wax madonna in the back and a wax fairy in the right hand corner.
Monday, October 27, 2008
I have two pieces in the show..Mad Alice" and an original drawing/painting, Monsieur Rabbit . I think only the rabbit piece is still available.
Dark Blessings, Gail
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
In a previous "life before dolls" I used to paint and draw. Oil and water color, and pen & ink airbrush illustrations for a childrens book I was going to do..but, got sidetracked with the dolls and never looked back.
Every once in a while though, I have the urge to pick up the pen/pencil/brush, again, and did so for this show.
Monsieur Rabbit was drawn in graphite then colored with acrylics. I then mounted him on an old victorian red velvet album cover. I added a vintage plaster frame around him..an antique Skeleton key...(the one Alice uses to get into the garden..original,.. I'm sure!) Painted a striped background, and a pen drawn banner below him that says "Monsieur Rabbit" ..in case you forget who he is!
I added a vintage black ribbon to hang the piece on in your own lovely little Wonderland cottage!
Friday, October 24, 2008
One night, at midnight, with a full moon out (..yeah..it was that darn full moon!) we all took a walk down the beach, where our friend Patricia impressed us with her famous Duck call!!
Patricia does all the cooking for us at the reteats, and definatly adds a ton of fun!This is me..TRYING to imitate Patricias' famous duck call!.. I must say, I sounded more like a little squealing piglet, then Patricias Elequent ducky! Or maybe I was just more the rubber ducky!! I'll have to practice.... This takes a lot of creativity..believe me!!Me...after our midnight moonlight swim..duck calling contest... and a bit too much fun!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
In all my piles of stuff I save, including some really cool old antique boxes,...I did not have one single box that was just the right size and shape I needed... Wouldn't ya know! But I did find a box that some ancient treasure I purchased from ebay came in. Now, how to make it cool and old looking.
I reinforced the seams with archival linen hinging tape and attached the box to a wooden block..new problem the blocks not as wide as I like so have to solve that problem by later adding wooden trim moulding.
Here I rounded out the corners to give it an arch shape using cardboard and linentape.
Inside I cut watercolor paper that I glued in and then gave it all a good coat of Gesso to protect.
(I really have no clue what I'm doing at this point and I'm beginning to wonder at my sanity!..Now WHY I'm I making this box???.!! Oh yeah..I think it will make the Alice piece much more interesting)!!
I added pages from an old Alice book to the sides and back and aged it. I was planning on a black base but it all started getting to dark. So to lighten it up a bit I repainted the base a yummy sagey green.I added curtains made from an old masonic lodge collar. Then cut, gessoed and painted foamcore in an arch for the top.Sculpted a Cheshire puss face,painted the banner. Added the quote "Were All Mad Here"By this time I really did think I was mad!Thats it in a nutshell....but in actuality it took me about a week and a half to complete it.Drying time was some of it but, Mostly, due to the fact that I had no clue what I wanted! So it was a slow step by step process.
Here is the finished Theater box..minus Alice....as Miss Pennythistle decided SHE should be the STAR of the show, and told Alice that she was due in court!
Dark & slightly crazed Blessings,
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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Friday, October 17, 2008
Here is my finished piece for Duirwaigh Galleries "A Walk through Wonderland" show!
Since the Mad creator herself.."Angie" has posted pictures of my Alice piece for her show on her site... I thought I would finally show the finished piece here!http://www.messagefromthemuse.typepad.com/duirwaigh/
Alice... who has been wondering in wonderland a bit too long... and her dolly "March Hare" who both have imbided in to much "tea" at the party and have gone a "bit mad here"!!
Alice is free standing and 10" tall. The overall theater piece is 16" high by 7" wide.
Alice's clothes are made from antique textiles and hand dyed lime green leather victorian shoes. Wild "mad" mohair wig, and hand painted pinkish/blue eyes. Hand made top hat complete with leather Rabbit ears!
Her "Mad Wonderland Theater Box" was an after- thought... and, once I started it, I thought I was truly "mad" for coming up with the idea to do it !! Although, I think it greatly adds something to the piece, I had no idea of what I was doing, and it was like a bad "Twilight Zone movie that just went on and on and on........ the never ending story...no wait ..thats another movie!!
I took photos of the creation of the "mad box" as I went along.... so keep watching and I'll be posting photos of the, "how I did it",... while I was still half sane!..or not..a matter of opinion!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
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The Goddess of Ghosties,.. (well......that might be a stretch)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
These are just some fabrics I've pinned on her to try and get an idea of how I will dress her. This poor thing doesn't have her hair yet.....and, she has a splitting headache! Literally!!
I don't know if you can see it in the photo, but her little head is splitting from under her chin on her left side, and is slowly creeping up past her nose. A problem brought on by the tension of the stringing cord and probably a weak spot in the clay on that side of her face. This is a problem I'm finding with using polymer clay for the bjd's. She is about 9"
I really love the poseability and being able to "play"with these jointed dolls. The majority of my dolls I make are free standing, and posed in one position, and this is so fun to be able to interact with them! I just wish there was a FASTER way to do them! It's definatly not instant gratification!!!!! Always, when I'm about half way done with one, I start wondering what the heck I was thinking as it feels like I'll never get finished! I just want to get done and see the finished doll! For me it's the costuming that I enjoy the most..and I'm VERY impatient!
I call this piece "fairy funeral". She started out to be a ball jointed doll. Her head is jointed but her arms are cotter pinned at the shoulders and her elbows are put together more like the old balinese puppets. By the time I got to her legs...I just couldn't stand it, and so her torso and legs are totally sculpted in one position. She has human hair and is 13 1/2"
If I get one really good body I like, I may just get it molded and then sculpt different heads for it.... in between all the other things I want to do.....aaahhh.. so many ideas and never enough time!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
I find them Haunting, Magical, and Mysterious..... Maybe it was that first trip to Madame Tussaud's, down a foggy London street when I was 16. I've been fortunate enough to collect a few wax heads. The head in front is a wax museum head of Shirley Temple, and my most favorite one is the head in back. A young Betty Davis when she first started out acting. She has glass eyes, porcelian teeth and inserted human hair. I got her from Crystal at Gothic Rose Antiques and curiosities. A most Spooktacular place for all things unusual! If you love Victorian gothic and the macabre check her out! You won't be dissapointed!
The other small head I think must have been a department store display from the 20's A treasure found on ebay.
Another wax head from a wax museum with inserted human hair eyebrows. This poor guy's lost part of his face. I've slowly been cleaning and repairing him He thinks he's Napolean, and I have't had the heart to tell him any different!
From France I have two domed wax christ babes with inserted human hair. Probably late 1800's. It's rare to find the original domes still intact.
A collection of my wax dolls (except for the one on the left). 1880's mostly from England.
I've been playing around with creating wax dolls, and at some point want to create a wax fairy. I think that would be the perfect medium for a fairy..Haunting, translucent, and mysterious!
Dark Blessings, Gail
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Miss Pennythistle is really a little fairy that prefers to show herself to me in the form of a mousey like creature. She's amazing! She can hold perfectly still for hours on end without even twitching a muscle or blinking an eye!
Then they started to multiply. Just like Gremlins! One day MissTinkeywillow showed up and they had a tugowar with the christmas tinsel. It took hours to get them untangled! They didn't play well together so I sent Miss Tinkeywillow off to bug someone else!
Next to show up was Petunia Petootie.It was okay for awhile, but then the two of them started to become so annoying. They would steal my paintbrushes and torment me by acting like they were going to paint on the dolls I was working on!
They started to fight over toys...mostly because Miss Pennythistle thinks everything is hers. She does not play well with others!! SOOO Petunia Petootie went buh-by!
Then Princess Poppyseed showed up. Well...you can imagine what Miss Pennythistle thought of that!!! Two princesses do not do well together! Soooo..I had to find a new home for Princess Poppyseed....then, I locked my doors and close the shades, and pretended to leave town!
So it's back to just Miss Pennythistle by herself, which is how she likes it. Things are much quiter, with just an occassional missing spool of thread. Now, if I can just stop her from tormenting the dogs........
Dark Blessings, Gail
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
"Drucilla and Tiny Tim went to the lake for a nice little swim...
With malice in mind Dru left tiny Timmy behind....
Now she's an only child once again!!
her dolly in tote, still waits for her mum at the boat" (Gosh..was it the titanic)??
"Poor Violet Lark, went to play in the park after dark,
and was ate by a land shark"!
Violet stand s just under 13" and her clothing was made using an antique decrepit maroon silk velvet and other "ageing" textiles. Her baby doll is just under 2 1/2" and wears the typically ghostly rotting & shredded gauze befitting a strange baby-doll.
"Sweet little Lucy McBee..
At the time I think was just three..
tried to ride her stick horse..it was a disaster of course,
Now she's known as Ghostie McBee!"
Lucy is just over 9" tall with rotting skeleton stick horse and creepy dolly..all the better to love them!
Hope they inspire you!
Eternally Yours, Gail
(p.s. all have gone to haunt houses other than mine!)